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February 21, 2018 2:35 PM Syrian forces extend assault on rebel-held suburbs as new airstrikes kill 10

At least 260 people have been killed since Sunday night, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. BEIRUT—New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding 13

February 20, 2018 5:06 PM Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to federal authorities in Russia investigation

Alex van der Zwaan accused of lying to FBI, deleting emails wanted by special counsel An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington where he is admitting to lying to special counsel 11

February 20, 2018 3:12 PM Trump says investigation into Russia election interference is Democrats’ ‘excuse’ for losing

The President accused Barack Obama of not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling because Barack Obama anticipated Hillary Clinton winning and “he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat.’” WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump is again accusing his predecessor of not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump tweets that’s 12

February 18, 2018 9:59 PM U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon to join NBC broadcast team for remainder of Games

Rippon’s profile rose sharply in mid-January when he sparred with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence over the politician’s homophobia and support for conversion therapy. U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon is the breakout star of the Pyeongchang Olympics and NBC has made sure he’ll keep shining until closing ceremonies. Sunday morning Christine Brennan of USA Today 12

February 18, 2018 1:21 PM Russian delegation at Olympics confirms doping case, reports say

Technically, Russia was banned from the 2018 Paralympic Games because of a government-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics says one of its athletes has failed a doping test. Two Russian state news agencies cite Konstantin Vybornov, spokesman for the “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” as saying 11

February 18, 2018 9:00 AM Gerald Stanley due back in court to face charges he improperly stored 7 guns

Stanley set to answer 2 counts of improperly storing firearms in provincial court next month The legal troubles of Gerald Stanley, the Saskatchewan farmer acquitted in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, are slated to carry over into provincial court next month. Stanley, 56, still faces two charges of improperly storing firearms on his Biggar, Sask.-area 10

February 16, 2018 1:25 AM Leafs trade Soshnikov to Blues for draft pick

Russian forward had been on injured reserve the last two months. The Leafs partially solved their roster jam Thursday, trading winger Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft. The fate of Soshnikov — plus forwards Josh Leivo and Matt Martin — had been uncertain since the Russian ended a five-game conditioning 10

February 13, 2018 1:52 PM Russian plane crash caused by pilots’ error on speed data, investigators say

The Interstate Aviation Committee said the crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators. MOSCOW—Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed 7

February 11, 2018 2:01 PM Russian plane carrying 71 crashes near Moscow

Regional jet had disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people crashed Sunday afternoon near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports. No survivors were immediately reported. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo 26

February 11, 2018 12:52 PM Russian passenger plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

MOSCOW—Russia’s Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on Sunday afternoon. News reports said 71 people — 65 passengers and six crew — were aboard the plane heading for the city of Orsk, about 10